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Specialty crops are defined by USDA as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops
(including floriculture). Through funding provided for under the Farm Bill and managed by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program funds projects that solely enhance the competitiveness of Delaware’s specialty crop industry.
The Delaware Department of Agriculture manages a competitive solicitation process to award the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Individual producers, producer groups, organizations and associations, as well as state and local organizations, academia and other specialty crops stakeholders are eligible to apply, either as single entities or in combined efforts. Projects should benefit the specialty crop industry as a whole and be able to provide a positive impact with measurable outcomes.
The Delaware Department of Agriculture looks for grant projects that solely increase the competitiveness of Delaware grown specialty crops in regards to the following priorities specified by the USDA:
Request for Proposal and Project Profile Template for the 2020 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program:
Click here for the 2020 SCBGP Training Workshop Presentation (.pdf) format
Access Sample State Plan with examples of grant proposals
For more information or to apply for this grant, please contact Jo-Ann Walston at the Delaware Department of Agriculture at (800) 282-8685 (Delaware only) or (302) 698-4592 or firstname.lastname@example.org